When it comes to magnesium, the choices can be overwhelming and confusing. There are various forms of magnesium supplements available, each with its own characteristics and uses.
Keep reading to learn what you need to know to feel confident picking the right form of magnesium for you!
Here are some common forms of magnesium and what they're best used for:
- Magnesium citrate: Mag citrate is a very commonly used form of magnesium that combines magnesium with citric acid. It is known for its laxative properties, as it increases water in the intestines. Mag citrate is often used to relieve occasional constipation.
- Magnesium oxide: Magnesium oxide is a form of magnesium combined with oxygen. It is commonly found in magnesium supplements. However, it has low bioavailability, meaning it is not easily absorbed by the body, and I don't typically recommend it.
- Magnesium glycinate: Magnesium glycinate is a highly absorbable form of magnesium that is well-tolerated and less likely to cause digestive discomfort or laxative effects. It is often used to support relaxation, promote sleep, and support overall well-being.
- Magnesium chloride: Magnesium chloride is a form of magnesium that is derived from the evaporation of sea water. It is often used for topical applications, such as in bath salts or sprays, to support muscle relaxation and promote absorption through the skin.
- Magnesium sulfate: Magnesium sulfate, also known as Epsom salt, is commonly used in bath soaks to promote relaxation and relieve muscle soreness. It can also be used in medical settings for certain conditions, such as a component of intravenous therapy for magnesium deficiency or to prevent seizures in pregnancy-induced hypertension.
- Magnesium orotate: Magnesium orotate is a form of magnesium that is bound to orotic acid. It is often used for cardiovascular health and is believed to support heart function and promote energy production in heart cells. It is typically available in capsule form.
- Magnesium L-Threonate: This is my favorite form of magnesium! Mag L-threonate has been studied at MIT for more than 10 years. It is easily absorbed, and is the most effective form for increasing magnesium levels in the brain. This form of magnesium is especially good for increasing sleep quality, improving cognition, decreasing anxiety, and supporting the brain where conditions such as memory-loss are present.
How does Dr. Morris get her magnesium?
I drink a glass of Brain Boost Mag every night before I go to bed. It's 5 star rated for a reason! My kids love it too. They enjoy half a scoop in a few ounces of water before bed. If you prefer to take your supplements in capsule form, we have that too.
A few reminders:
It is important to note that different forms of magnesium may have varying absorption rates and potential side effects.
The choice of magnesium form and dosage should be discussed with a healthcare professional, taking into consideration individual needs, potential interactions with medications or medical conditions, and specific health goals.